Until the arrival of the aptly named Pixel 4, the Pixel 3 was Google’s flagship device, and it deserved that title. Packed with flagship specs and a truly stunning camera, the Pixel 3 is still an incredible phone. While you can no longer buy Google’s last flagship, if you currently own one, there’s no reason to upgrade any time soon, as a Pixel 3 should have the power and beauty to see you through a few years at the very least.
But one fumble with clumsy fingers and that timetable can be cut short. A shattered screen is one of the worst fates to befall any smartphone, as it disrupts your ability to peer into your device’s world. Thankfully, a reliable screen protector will provide plenty of protection, and thwart unwanted oils and fingerprints. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best options available for your Pixel 3.
Peel Glass Protector
Peel’s case is one of the thinnest you can get, and if you care about keeping your device’s sleek form factor, then Peel’s screen protector is the perfect addition to complete your protection. Unsurprisingly, it’s crafted to match Peel’s Pixel 3 case perfectly, and it runs all the way to the edge of the case. As such, the case can be used as an alignment aid to make sure the screen protector is perfectly aligned. It’s thin and has a colored bezel to match your device, and it’s made from durable glass that’ll protect against scratches and smeary fingerprints. It’s on the expensive side for a single screen protector, but it’s a perfect match for a Peel case.
GPEL Privacy Glass
Our phone is so personal, yet we’re constantly taking it out in public. Keeping our most important data and intimate messages from prying eyes on the train or at the bar is crucial, and GPEL’s screen protector can help with that. It has a privacy layer, which is clear from the front, but fades to black when viewed from the side, making it harder for anyone to see your display if they’re not meant to. The Japanese glass is tough too, with a 9H hardness and an oleophobic coating to resist fingerprints and smears. It’s not too expensive, and although it makes showing things to friends a little harder, this is a must-buy for the security conscious.
Otterbox is one of the biggest names in device protection, so it makes sense it would offer some great screen protection for the Pixel 3. The Amplify screen protector is the result of a collaboration between Otterbox and Corning, the company that makes the Gorilla Glass that covers most smartphone screens. As such, the Amplify is super-strong and resistant to most damage, and makes a great shield for your Pixel 3’s screen. It’s so strong, Otterbox claims it offers five times more scratch-resistance than other competitors. It’s on the expensive side, even for glass, but it’s a great way to finish your protection off if you’re also using an Otterbox case.
Whitestone Dome Glass
The Whitestone Dome Glass is not your usual glass screen protector, and it uses a special installation method that applies a layer of liquid adhesive under the screen protector. That adhesive is then cured with the UV lamp, ensuring a tight fit and complete retention of touch-sensitivity. The liquid install method means the protector will stay together if it does crack, and it can even be used on an already cracked screen — the glue will flow into the cracks and set, stopping further damage. The protector itself is strong and scratch-resistant. It’s expensive for sure, but it’s one of the best protectors you can get.
InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard
Did you know that blue light from your phone can trick your body into thinking it’s daylight and can make it harder to get to sleep at night? While staying away from devices before bed is a great idea, this screen protector from InvisibleShield means you don’t have to. It’s made from tempered glass, so it’ll provide great resistance to keys and scratches, and protect well against drops and similar — but the headline feature here is the protective Eyesafe layer that InvisibleShield claims will block blue light from reaching your eyes. Unlike software-based solutions, it doesn’t tint the screen a different color while doing it either, which means your experience is uninterrupted. It’s expensive but potentially helpful.
Skinomi Matteskin Anti-Glare Twin Pack
Skinomi’s film protector won’t be as protective against bumps and scratches as a glass protector, but the film does still provide good protection against day-to-day wear, dirt, and marks. It has a non-reflective matte finish which gives it anti-glare properties, making the screen easier to see in bright sunlight. It’s fully case compatible, so it won’t interfere with a Pixel 3 case, and it even comes with self-healing properties that mean smaller scratches will fix themselves over time. It won’t yellow over time as some film protectors do, and it comes with a spare, making it exceptionally good value-for-money.
IQ Shield LiQuid Full Body Shield
Another great film option, this protector from IQ Shield comes with a wet installation method, which applies a layer of solution between the protector and the Pixel 3’s display. This adhesive layer ensures a tight fit with the device. It’s made from a tough film and comes with a multi-layer structure, including an anti-UV layer that prevents yellowing, and a firm protective liner. It won’t guard as well as glass against drops and other heavy impacts, but it will provide great protection against scratches and daily wear and tear. Best of all, this protector also comes with a protector for the back of the phone, especially good if you’re happy to go without a case, but still want scratch and fingerprint protection.
BodyGuardz Pure 2
BodyGuardz is becoming increasingly well known for its high-quality screen protector options, and the Pure 2 is one of its best. It’s made from aluminosilicate — a material that BodyGuardz claims is able to provide thinner but more durable protection than regular soda-lime glass found in other glass protectors, and that its protector offers up to five times more scratch protection than the competition. There is also an impact-absorbing, adhesive layer that should ensure some good drop protection. There’s an easy-align tray included for simple installation, and it comes with BodyGuardz’s lifetime replacements policy.
ArmorSuit Case-Friendly Protector
As we’ve mentioned, film is never going to be as protective as glass — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be protective. ArmorSuit claims the film used in its film protectors is also used to protect military aircraft, helicopters, and space shuttles, and provides military-grade protection and great durability. It reduces fingerprints left on your display, and also has self-healing properties that close up smaller scratches over time. It uses a wet installation method, which ensures a close fit, and it’s quick and easy to apply. With protection against a wide variety of everyday hazards, ArmorSuit’s case-friendly protector is a great film option at a reasonable price.
SuperShieldz Full Coverage Protector
Another great option for glass protection, SuperShieldz is well known for supplying strong glass protectors at a great price. This protector comes in a pack of two — giving you an additional protector just in case the worst happens — and is made from 9H hardness tempered glass. SuperShieldz claims it offers a 99.99 percent HD Clarity, and excellent touch sensitivity. Thanks to it being glass, it will protect against scratches and other hazards, as well as hopefully taking the destructive impact of a fall instead of the glass in your Pixel 3’s display. It’s super cheap, especially for two, and the coverage extends all the way over the edges of your display.